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KILIMANJARO Trek – Rongai Route

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Take the Kilimanjaro Trek Challenge and climb through the Rongai Route to the top of the highest mount in Africa and forth in the world

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    • Group Size Medium Group
    All about the KILIMANJARO Trek – Rongai Route.

    KILIMANJARO Trek – Rongai Route 8 Days

    Adrenaline Travel leads treks up to Kilimanjaro through the unique Rongai route known to be more scenic than the Marangu Route, easier than the Machame Route, and our success rate on the Rongai is very high. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Rongai route you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.

    The Rongai starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The Rongai joins the Marangu for the summit climb, then you descend the Marangu Route on the mountain’s southeast side, so you see Kilimanjaro from many view points. There are two versions of this trek – a direct 6-day itinerary, and a 7-day itinerary that takes a longer route.

    Kilimanjaro trek rongai route Uhuru Peak Adrenaline Travel
    Kilimanjaro trek rongai route Uhuru Peak Adrenaline Travel

    The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the popular Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

    Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu route.

    We Provide you with all the learning materials to prepare for the trek that include the physical training and dietary program

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    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • International Flights (Group departures only)
    • Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi (before and after the climb)
    • First night includes breakfast | Last night includes dinner & breakfast
    • Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
    • Qualified guides with mountain crew
    • National park fees
    • Tents and sleeping mattresses
    • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
    • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
    • Rescue Fees
    • Pulse oximeters
    • First aid kit
    • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
    • Boiled water on the mountain
    • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain


    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)
    • Airport transfers
    • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
    • Meals and drinks not specified
    • Gear for your climb
    • Items of personal nature
    • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
    • Visas
    • Emergency oxygen


    1. Day 1 Arrival

      Arrive at the Kilimanjaro  International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Springlands Hotel or similar hotel in Moshi for your overnight dinner and Breakfast.

    2. Day 2 [3-4 hours walking]

      After breakfast we will transfer you to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. Most clients like to stay at SIMBA CAMPSITE but there is 1ST CAVE CAMSITE also. [3-4 hours walking]

    3. Day 2 [6-7 hours walking]

      The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant scenarios near KIKELEWA or 2nd CAVES CAMPSITE where you will overnight. (3.600 m.) [6-7 hours walking]

    4. Day 3 [3-4 hours walking]

      A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. Overnight at MAWENZI TURN HUT CAMPSITE or 3RD CAVE CAMPSITE [3-4 hours walking]

    5. Day 5 [4-5 hours walking]

      We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School/KIBO CAMPSITE (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking]

    6. Day 6 [11-15 hours walking]

      We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final Campsite at Horombo (HOROMBO CAMPSITE) (3,720 m.). [11-15 hours walking]

    7. Day 7 [5-6 hours walking]

      A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m). [5-6 hours walking]. You will be transferred to Springlands Hotel or Alternative Hotel in Moshi for overnight.

    8. Day 8 Departure

      Departing day – You will be provided with the transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

    Springlands Hotel in Moshi  (before and after the climb)

    Tents and mattress on the Trek

    Springlands Hotel in Moshi (before and after the climb)Includes
    • First night includes breakfast
    • Last night includes dinner & breakfast

    If you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek. If you are transferring from Nairobi, this can act as your rest day. If you have time, enjoy a guided walk through the local rice fields and rainforest, do a little shopping in the town of Moshi, relax at the swimming pool, or get a massage.

    Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trek, and you must separate one bag for the trek from your other luggage. Rental equipment is available. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Moshi hotel at no charge.

    The next morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before last-minute trip preparations at the trekking office. Depending on the route you take, the drive to the trailhead can take up to one hour and can be very bumpy.

    Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. Your guide will be pleased to assist with any additional information.

    The average hiking day begins between 8-9am and is about 5 to 6 hours, walking very, very slowly. The distances you will hike each day are very moderate so as to acclimate a little at a time. Your guides will repeat over and over, “pole pole” (po-ly, po-ly), which means “go slowly” in Swahili.

    The terrain lower down is absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. Higher up, the views are vast. There is little to do at the camps themselves, so take advantage of the slow pace to absorb the scenery and take every photo opportunity.

    The hike to the summit starts around midnight depending on your route and speed of your group. You will go as high as you feel fit. Some people stop at the crater rim, and others continue to the very highest point on the mountain. Your guides will then take you down as quickly as possible to minimize any altitude problems. You will continue past your last campsite to the next one for overnight.

    The local currency is Tanzanian shillings. U.S. dollars, Euros, and credit cards may be accepted by larger stores and hotels, but the exchange rate is better with shillings. ATM’s are only available in larger towns like Moshi and Arusha.

    Mount Kilimanjaro is located three degrees south of the equator in Northeastern Tanzania. It is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world.  Of the famous highest seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and the easiest to climb. It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

    Groups are limited to 5-7 people. We will combine groups up to this limit if they are starting the same route on the same day. However, we can also arrange for private groups at no extra cost. We will try to add single travelers to a group if at all possible, but we cannot guarantee it. We can accommodate large groups of any size.


    A local guide is required to hike Kilimanjaro. We have guides that speak English, Spanish, French and German. Porters will also go on the trip to carry your luggage, food, and other equipment. You will only have to carry a day pack with your daily essentials.

    Tips for guides and porters on Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru:

    • You will be given an envelope at the Springlands Hotel after your trek for your tip money. You can use U.S. dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these.  It helps if you have small bills to tip everyone individually. There is no need to take money on the mountain with you.
    • The typical tip is $15/day for guides, $10/day for assistant guides and cooks, $7/day for porters. This is from the whole group, not per hiker.
    • Expect 1 guide per 8 hikers, 1 assistant guide per 3 hikers, and 1 cook per 8 hikers:
    • Expect porters as follows:
      – 2 porters per hiker on the 5-day Marangu Route (minimum of 4 porters)
      – 3 porters per hiker on a 6 or 7-day trek (minimum of 5 porters)
      – Sometimes extra porters are required based on the weight of your luggage.
    • Budget $200 per hiker for tips for a 6-day trek.
    • Gifts: Guides and porters also appreciate your warm clothing, shoes, and packs. You may want to bring some older clothing items for this purpose.
    • Celebration: You are also welcome to invite your guides back to the Springlands Hotel for drinks and/or dinner (on you) as a thank-you in addition to their tip.

    With the exception of airfare, all Adrenaline trips include all transportation costs and arrangements within the destination country. This includes all transfers and the equipment for all activities listed.

    Kilimanjaro Climber’s Packing List Notes

    • The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds)
      • Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day
    • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
    • Wrap clothing in plastic bags
    • In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants, and jacket at a minimum.
      Add any other items you might need during the day, since you may not see your porters until the end of the day.
    • You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations to the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society.
    • You can leave extra luggage in a locked storage room at the Springlands Hotel for no charge.
    • You can leave valuables in a safe deposit box at the Springlands Hotel for $1/day.


    • Day pack, for you to carry
    • Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
    • Plastic bags

    Clothing You want your inner layer to be wicking – no cotton
    Your next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be water proof but breathable.
    You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping.
    Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly.
    Kilimanjaro may be near the equator, but it gets cold up there!

    • Shorts, for first and last day only
    • Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
    • Short-sleeved or t-shirts
    • Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
    • Long underwear
    • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
    • Fleece pants
    • Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
    • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
    • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
    • Underwear
    • Sport bras, for women
    • Cold Weather Accessories
      • Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
      • Wool or pile hat
      • Balaclava or neck gaitor
      • Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)


      • Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
      • Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferrably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support – not too light and not too heavy
      • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
      • Gaiters
      • Hiking socks for warmer conditions
      • Wool socks for colder conditions
      • Sock liners to wick away moisture


      • Sleeping bag (Rated -25 degrees C/-10 degrees F or colder is recommended)
      • Sleeping pad and repair kit
      • Tents are supplied by us at no charge
      • Foam sleeping pads are provided by us at no charge (Thermarest is highly recommended, however)


      • Water bottles and Camelback (2-3)
        • Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip (available at the Springlands Hotel).
          Your guides will boil water for you along the route, or use steripens for water sanitization.
        • To prevent water from freezing on summit day, keep your water source inside your jacket.
          For Camelbacks, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often.
        • Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals.
      • Water filter or iodine purification tablets
      • Sun hat with brim
      • Sunglasses
      • Bandana
        • Money ($400 or more in cash and/or travellers cheques, including some small U.S., Euro, or Tanzanian bills)
        • Ski or trekking poles
        • Headlamp or flashlight
        • Camera, film, tripod
        • Video camera, tapes
        • Batteries
          • Bring extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
        • Binoculars
        • Notebook, journal, pencil, and pen
        • Pocket knife
        • Electricity adapter
        • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
        • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
        • Chocolate or pens for village children, momentos for guides, porters, and other climbers
        • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $2
        • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
        • Sewing kit
        • Salt, pepper, and spices for bland food
        • Business cards
        • Alarm clock
        • Calculator (for currency conversion)
        • Swim suit for hotel swimming pool


        • Toilet paper (and baggie to carry used paper while on trail)
        • Small towel
        • Soap
        • Toothbrush and toothpaste
        • Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
        • Hand sanitizer
        • Lotion
        • Glasses, contacts, solution (take contacts out each night to prevent blurred vision)
        • Comb, mirror
      • Documents
        • Passport
        • Yellow fever certificate
        • Tanzania Visa
        • Medical insurance
        • Address book
        • Vaccination records
        • Airline tickets
        • Cash, travellers cheques, credit cards
        • Maps, guidebooks
        • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travellers cheques numbers.
          Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

        First Aid

        • Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, or Aspirin
        • Throat losenges
        • Bandaids
        • Moleskin
        • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
        • Lip balm with sunscreen
        • Insect repellent
        • Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
        • Bandages and tape
        • Diahrea medicine
        • Antihistemines
        • Ace bandage
        • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
        • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
        • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
        • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
        • Diamox (talk to your doctor)
      • Gifts for Guides, Porters, Locals
        • Shoes
        • Any warm clothing
        • T-shirts
        • Hats
        • Nerf football, frisbees
        • Candy
        • Pens

        Packing for your flight to Africa

        • U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
        • Books/magazines
        • Toiletries
        • Snacks
        • Water
        • Walkman and music
        • Eye shades, ear plugs
        • Melatonin or other sleep aid

        Critical climbing gear (in case baggage is delayed)

    Most nationalities are exempted or get visa on arrival, visa cost around 25$ or 50$ for American Nationals,

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    Overall Rating
    Rana Alkhamayseh
    Reviewed On 20/01/2019

    Review for KILIMANJARO Trek - Rongai Route ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Rana Alkhamayseh
    Reviewed On 20/01/2019

    It was really a wonderful inspiring trip with a great company and an awesome team who were really very friendly and helpful, every thing were well organized, very delicious food, very good tents, the route is nice and it was a very good choice, the most important thing is that adrenaline company was really very helpful and they were in touch with us all the time trying to make sure that we are happy, safe and that we are having great time,I do recommend this company highly and I do appreciate how much they care for there clients.
    The weather was very cold so make sure to have warm sleeping bags.
    All in all every thing was perfect.

    Reviewed On 28/11/2018

    I owe you guys big thanks and appreciation for organizing the trek, the guides were super nice and know what they are doing, we had almost no issues and everybody was friendly, thanks again and special thanks to Edwin and Sam